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Behind the scenes: Rapid coronavirus testing conducted near West Palm Beach

Facility can process about 3,000 coronavirus tests each day
United Clinical Laboratory
Posted at 2:39 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 17:41:46-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — WPTV took a behind the scenes look Monday at how rapid coronavirus testing is conducted at a lab near West Palm Beach.

United Clinical Laboratory, located at 2257 Vista Pkwy., has about 50 employees working throughout the day performing the tests.

The public can receive a coronavirus test by driving to the front of the facility and have the test administered.

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Workers can process the rapid coronavirus tests and provide results within one to two days. The lab uses the PCR medical test, which helps give highly-accurate results.

United Clinical Laboratory COO Anderson Triggs said coronavirus test results typically come back within 24 hours.

"We have worked with some county organization already in South Florida, and we've reached out to Palm Beach County, Broward and Miami-Dade as well. We're here and available to assist. We have the resources, capacity, infrastructure, equipment and personnel to do this testing at a high volume," Triggs said.

United Clinical Laboratory COO Anderson Triggs
United Clinical Laboratory COO Anderson Triggs says their facility can process up to 3,000 rapid coronavirus tests a day.

Employees at the facility also conduct antibody testing, which only takes about two hours for results.

Lab manager Luisa Bonilla said once plasma is separated from the blood sample, the results are quick.

They said they can process about 3,000 coronavirus tests a day.

"We're prepared and ready to help attack this COVID [pandemic]," said Triggs.

Workers at the lab said they are getting more requests since school started.

The rapid tests cost about $135, but insurance can help cover the cost.